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JPO Status Report 2018 (Extract)

June 15, 2018

Examinations

 

First Action Pendency
Accelerated Examination
Total Pendency
Patent
9.4 months
2.3 months
14.6 months
Design
6.1 months
1.9 months
7.0 months
Trademark
4.9 months
1.8 months
6.8 months


Number of Patent Registrations, etc. by Filing Year

2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
Number of Patent Applications
413,008
423,017
426,974
408,569
396,160
390,879
348,429
344,397
Number of Requests for Examination
274,752
280,250
277,797
260,221
252,485
257,116
233,901
233,780
Number of Patent Registrations
148,587
154,942
161,363
163,773
166,612
174,824
166,916
173,298

2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Number of Patent Applications
342,312
342,589
328,138
325,688
318,345
317,922
318,028
Number of Requests for Examination
232,471
237,906
233,708
233,963
169,285
108,391
67,010
Number of Patent Registrations
175,818
182,416
171,077
111,645
65,761
37,977
8,831


Notes:
- The number of patent registrations, etc. by filing year does not include the number of applications for registration of extension of the duration of a right.
- The number of patent registrations by filing year is a provisional figure as of March 6, 2018.
- The numbers of requests for examination by filing year in applications from 2015 to 2017 are provisional figures as of March 6, 2018.

Top 10 Companies with the Most Number of Patent Registrations in 2017

Rank in 2016
Rank in 2017
Applicant
Number of Registrations
(3) 1 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
4,484 (4,042)
(1) 2 Canon Inc.
3,931 (4,095)
(4) 3 TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
3,378 (3,717)
(2) 4 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
2,990 (4,046)
(8) 5 Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
2,502 (2,144)
(9) 6 Ricoh Company, Ltd.
2,468 (2,142)
(5) 7 FUJITSU LIMITED
2,431 (2,399)
(6) 8 DENSO CORPORATION
2,110 (2,374)
(7) 9 SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
1,971 (2,281)
(11) 10 TOSHIBA CORPORATION
1,753 (1,647)

 

Notes:
- Numbers in parentheses are for 2016.
- Each applicant was counted in the case joint applicants filed.

 

Number of Patent Applications Filed by Universities, etc., in Japan.

Notes:
- Applications by filed a university president, university, or approved TLO were counted.
- The count includes joint applications with corporations, etc.

 

Number of Design Applications

Notes:
- The number of international applications for design registration is the number of international applications under the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (the Geneva Act) that designate Japan as a designated contracting party and that has been published by the International Bureau. The number of applications was counted by the international publication date.
- The JPO began to process international applications filed under to the Geneva Act on May 13, 2015.

 

Number of Design Registrations

 

Companies with the Most Number of Design Registrations in 2017

Rank in 2016
Rank in 2017
Applicant
Number of Registrations
(2) 1 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
429 (415)
(1) 2 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
413 (430)
(3) 3 Okamura Corporation
360 (335)
(117) 4 Dyson technology Ltd.
231 (34)
(6) 5 Sharp Corporation
201 (215)
(37) 6 Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
199 (70)
(4) 7 LIXIL Corporation
167 (316)
(5) 8 Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
156 (233)
(10) 9 Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
132 (141)
(11) 10 FP Corporation
131 (133)

Notes:
- The numbers in parentheses are for 2016.
- In the case joint applicants filed, each applicant was counted.

 

Number of Trademark Applications

Notes:
- The number of trademark applications includes applications for defensive mark registration and applications for renewal based on defensive mark registration.
- The number of international applications for trademark registration is the number of international applications under the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement which designate Japan and for which their designated states were noticed to the JPO. The number of the applications were counted by the date of the notification.

 

Number of Trademark Registrations

Notes:
- The numbers of trademark registrations includes applications for renewal

 

Top 10 Companies with the Most Number of Trademark Registrations in 2017

Rank in 2016
Rank in 2017
Applicant
Number of Registrations
(1) 1 Sanrio Company, Ltd
553 (939)
(2) 2 Shiseido Company, Limited
497 (539)
(4) 3 Kao Corporation
326 (330)
(9) 4 Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
212 (181)
(7) 5 Meiji Co., Ltd
202 (206)
(3) 6 KOSE Corporation
201 (331)
(10) 7 Panasonic Corporation
194 (173)
(5) 8 FUJITSU LIMITED
183 (309)
(28) 9 NTT DOCOMO, INC.
179 (101)
(8) 10 MORINAGA MILK INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
169 (197)

Notes:
- The numbers in parentheses are for 2016.
- In the case joint applicants filed, each applicant was counted.

 

Number of Requests for Appeal against an Examiner's Decision of Refusal

 

 

Number of Requests for Trial for Invalidation

 

 

Number of Oppositions (based on the number of rights opposed)

Notes:
The system of opposition to grant of patent entered into force on April 1, 2015.

 

Number of Revocation Actions against Trial/Appeal Decisions in 2017

 

Patent and Utility Model
Design
Trademark
Ex-parte appeal
46 (77)
4 (22)
15 (11)
Inter-partes trial
110 (115)
4 (4)
45 (39)
Opposition
11 (3)
2 (8)

 

Notes:
The numbers in parentheses are for 2016.
1 This includes appeals against examiner's decision of refusal, and appeals against examiner's decision to dismiss amendments.
2 This includes trials for invalidation, trials for rescission, and trials for correction.

 

Number of Court Decisions in Revocation Actions against Trial/Appeal Decisions in 2017

 

Patent and Utility Model
Design
Trademark
Dismissal of Action
Revocation of Decision
Dismissal
of Action
Revocation
of Decision
Dismissal
of Action
Revocation
of Decision
Ex-parte appeal
42 (48)
8 (11)
4 (1)
4 (13)
10 (12)
1 (3)
Inter-partes trial
58 (54)
36 (23)
3 (3)
0 (0)
27 (23)
10 (9)
Opposition
1 (0)
2 (0)
0 (5)
0 (0)

 

Notes:
The numbers in parentheses are for 2016.
1 This includes appeals against examiner's decision of refusal, and appeals against examiner's decision to dismiss amendments.
2 This includes trialsfor invalidation, trials for rescission, and trials for correction.

 


 

The JPO Status Report 2018, a compilation of the JPO’s latest initiatives and statistical information, can be reviewed from the below URL:
http://www.jpo.go.jp/english/reference_room/statusreport/status2018_e.htm